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I can honestly say that anxiety is a constant struggle for me. Especially after this past year of tribulations caused by COVID-19, finding ways to cope with stress is crucial. That’s true not only for “grown-ups,” but it is also a real problem for kids.

Below is a list of picture books that you can read with your child, and these titles can help start a conversation about stress and anxiety.

 

The beginning of the school year can be a busy (and stressful) time — for you and your kids. Between shopping for school supplies, meeting new teachers and classmates, getting back into the habit of doing homework assignments… It’s a lot.

One of my personal favorite ways to unwind? Reading, of course! Whether you’re reading for school or for pleasure, it’s a great way to get your mind off of your troubles for a little while. You can even join one of the many book clubs your local library has to offer this fall.

In addition to reading, here are some other stress relievers for you and your kiddo to do together:

  1. Baking and Cooking: Check out this great article from Scholastic about how cooking with your children can help build their literacy skills.
  2. Coloring: Get out those crayons, markers, and colored pencils! There are lots of great websites where you can find free coloring pages to print. Feeling extra inspired? Try painting on a canvas or drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.
  3. Laughing: Visit your local library and ask the staff for recommendations of funny picture books, joke books, and kid-friendly movies. Our shelves are full of them!
  4. Exercising: Take a stroll along the bike trail. While you’re walking together, listen closely to the sounds around you. Do you hear a bird chirping? A dog barking? A car horn? See if your child can mimic those sounds. (This helps with their Phonological Awareness.)
  5. Listening to Music: The library has quite the collection of music CDs for kids. A couple of my favorite musicians are Laurie Berkner and Jim Gill!

 

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